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  • MidAmerican Energy customers rattled by electric rate hike

    08/10/2016 9:36:41 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 17 replies
    Business Record ^ | Feb 9, 2015 | Joe Gardyasz
    Some Central Iowa business owners are shaking their heads over hefty increases in their monthly electric bills, but MidAmerican Energy Co. officials say they're doing all they can to help their customers keep their bills as low as possible. Last year, MidAmerican Energy began phasing in a three-year increase in electricity rates for its Iowa customers, the second phase of which kicked in on Jan. 1 of this year. The rate case, which was approved by the Iowa Utilities Board a year ago, authorized MidAmerican to increase its electric rates by a total of $135.6 million, phased in through approximately...
  • Electricity Prices Soaring In Top Wind Power States

    08/10/2016 9:36:37 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | Oct 17, 2014 | James Taylor
    Electricity prices are soaring in states generating the most wind power, U.S. Energy Information Administration data show. Although U.S. electricity prices rose less than 3 percent from 2008-2013, the 10 states with the highest percentage of wind power generation experienced average electricity price increases of more than 20 percent. Iowa – 27% South Dakota – 26 Kansas – 19 Idaho – 16 Minnesota – 16 North Dakota – 16 Oklahoma – 15 Colorado – 14 Oregon – 12 Wyoming – 8 From 2008-2013 electricity prices rose an average of 20.7 percent in the top 10 wind power states, which is...
  • Deep De-Carbonization Would Increase Electricity Costs 20–90 Percent, Says J.P. Morgan

    08/10/2016 9:36:33 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 12 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Nov 24, 2015 | Robert Fares
    Last month, J.P. Morgan Asset Management released its annual paper on the topic of energy. This year’s paper focuses on the costs associated with deep de-carbonization of electricity grids through the transition to renewable energy. J.P. Morgan’s analysis confirms the findings of many in the academic community that levelized cost of energy becomes less and less meaningful for renewable energy technologies as they take on a larger role in the electricity mix. While the cost of energy generated by a solar panel or wind turbine might be competitive with the cost of energy generated from a gas or coal plant,...
  • [From November 2015] RELIABILITY OF RENEW ABLE ENERGY: WIND (25 PAGE PDF FILE)

    08/10/2016 9:36:30 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    Utah State University Institute of Political Economy ^ | BY: Jordan Lofthouse, BS, Strata Policy; Randy T Simmons, PhD, Utah State University; Ryan M. Yonk,
    Government policies, rather than market forces, primarily drive the growth of wind power in the United States. The wind industry has become dependent on government mandates and subsidies for its success. When policymakers limit subsidies to the wind industry, constructing wind installations ceases to be economically viable. American taxpayers incur the costs of subsidizing the wind industry. These extensive subsidies are funding a power source that is inconsistent and cannot reliably generate the electricity demanded by consumers. Large-scale energy storage may offer solutions to the variability of wind power, but the most promising technologies are not currently economical on a...
  • To Get Wind Power You Need Oil

    08/10/2016 9:36:26 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | Feb 29, 2016 | Vaclav Smil
    Wind turbines are the most visible symbols of the quest for renewable electricity generation. And yet, although they exploit the wind, which is as free and as green as energy can be, the machines themselves are pure embodiments of fossil fuels. If wind-generated electricity were to supply 25 percent of global demand by 2030 [] would require roughly 450 million metric tons of steel. A lot of energy goes into making steel. To make the steel required for wind turbines that might operate by 2030, you’d need fossil fuels equivalent to more than 600 million metric tons of coal. A...
  • New administration rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths at wind farms

    05/04/2016 10:55:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 4, 2016 | AP
    thousands of eagle deaths at wind farms Published May 04, 2016 Associated Press Facebook45 Twitter59 livefyre Email Print This file photo shows a Colorado wind farm. (AP) This file photo shows a Colorado wind farm. (AP) The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles. Under the plan announced Wednesday, companies could kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles a year without penalty -- nearly four times the current limit. Golden eagles could...
  • New Wind Turbines Taller Than The Empire State Building

    03/22/2016 1:44:15 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 44 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 22-03-2016 | M. Mouse
    Wind power may not be the cheapest, most efficient, or even most common form of renewable energy, but it is surely one of the most visually impressive methods of power generation. Anyone who has driven from Detroit to Toronto for instance can attest to the awe that comes from seeing dozens of windmills rising hundreds of feet into the air all turning in slow arcs with the wind. A new wind turbine design will put older smaller designs to shame though – if it can every get past the objections of environmentalists. Canada, with lots of land, is an ideal...
  • Will the GOP trade wind and solar subsidies to lift the crude oil export ban?

    12/12/2015 2:15:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 12, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    A long-time goal for many energy minded conservatives may finally be on the horizon this week as congress considers lifting the more than forty year old ban on crude oil exports as part of the next spending bill. This would be great news for jobs and the economy, not to mention giving us some leverage to help out our allies who currently rely on Russian and middle eastern suppliers. Unfortunately, such a boon still requires help from at least some of the Democrats and their attitude is less than positive. The Hill was interviewing a few of them on Thursday...
  • Study: Wind Farms Even More Expensive And Pointless Than You Thought

    07/07/2015 12:31:16 PM PDT · by newgeezer · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Jul 2015 | James Delingpole
    The cost of wind energy is significantly more expensive than its advocates pretend, a new US study has found. If you believe this chart produced by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), then onshore wind is one of the cheapest forms of power – more competitive than nuclear, coal or hydro, and a lot more than solar. But when you take into account the true costs of wind, it’s around 48 per cent more expensive than the industry’s official estimates – according to new research conducted by the University of Utah.
  • Marchant Wields Blade Against Wind Subsidies

    04/29/2015 10:15:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2015 | Neil McCabe
    The green energy barons have had a good run in the Age of Obama, but Capitol Hill conservatives are mounting their first serious challenge to these charlatans in the new Congress with the PTC Elimination Act filed by Rep. Kenny E. Marchant (R.-Texas). “If we want to build a healthier American economy, Congress must get rid of the dead weight in the tax code that is limiting our nation’s potential. That’s why I have introduced legislation to eliminate the production tax credit,” Marchant said in his April 22 statement. “Since its creation in 1992, the PTC has ballooned from a...
  • Crispy Critters — Nevada Solar Plant Not For The Birds

    02/25/2015 9:50:11 AM PST · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    investor's Business Daily ^ | February 25, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    A solar-power project set to open next month in Nevada has fried 130 birds during tests and will soon join another solar farm in California in avian incineration. If as many birds being burned by solar power farms built in the U.S. were to wash up on our beaches soaked in crude oil from a leaking offshore well, the outrage would be deafening. But as with the wind turbines that now cover acre upon acre of former "pristine" countryside, what amount to avian Cuisinarts slicing and dicing everything that flies, including endangered species, only the crickets are chirping. House Minority...
  • Wind Energy Dead in the Water Off Cape Cod

    01/12/2015 8:35:39 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/12/2015 | Marita Noon
    Cape Wind, touted as “America’s first offshore wind project,” became one of America’s most high-profile and controversial wind-energy projects. Fourteen years in the making, estimated at $2.6 billion for 130 turbines, covering 25 square miles in Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts, the Cape Wind project has yet to install one turbine—let alone produce any electricity. Now, it may be “dead in the water.” On January 6, the two power companies, National Grid and Northeast Utilities, that had agreed to purchase most of the electricity Cape Wind was to generate, terminated their contracts with the developers due to missed...
  • Renewable Energy Growth in Perspective

    07/21/2014 11:17:18 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    Energy Matters ^ | July 14, 2014 | Roger Andrews
    Renewable energy, particularly wind and solar, continues to set records for electicity generation and installed capacity in many parts of the world, and as shown in Figure 1 wind and solar growth in recent years has indeed been quite spectacular:~~snip~~If decarbonization is to be achieved by expanding renewables the expansion will have to come in wind, solar and biomass. So let’s take hydro out and see how far growth in wind, solar and biomass has carried us along the decarbonization path so far:Clearly they still have a long way to go.
  • How Warren Buffett Milks Consumers & Taxpayers Through Wind Energy

    05/28/2014 10:45:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    NLPC ^ | 05/21/2014 | Fred N. Sauer
    wind energy is highly inefficient and requires additional transmission lines and back-up gas generators when the wind doesn't blow. Yet, windmills keep getting built, thanks to government subsidies. But it is very hard to trace these subsidies. Vague statements about "tax credits" and "mandates" give no hint of the magnitude of returns that these subsidies provide to crony windmillers. Indeed, in the Carnahan Special Report, we had to burrow into financial statements of a foreign company and its subsidiary to understand where all the money was going. The principal information was buried in an arcane note to these financial statements....
  • Sandoval: Coloradans can’t depend on wind energy

    02/07/2014 5:22:46 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Tribune ^ | February 5, 2014 | Michael Sandoval
    When Coloradans flip on their lights or crank up their heat, they expect their electricity to be affordable, and at the very least, reliable. But the state Legislature and Gov. John Hickenlooper are forcing the opposite on Colorado — expensive and unreliable wind energy. The wind lobby today is one of the fattest hogs at the corporate welfare trough. Rather than win customers through good prices and reliable products, the wind lobby uses political clout to force consumers to purchase its overpriced services. Currently, a state law requires that 12 percent of the state’s electricity be generated by so-called “green”...
  • Obama Administration About to Give "Kill As Many Eagles as You Want" Pass to Wind Farms

    12/06/2013 2:21:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    The punishment for killing a golden or bald eagle in the United States comes at a hefty price. Simply having eagle feathers or parts in your possession will land you in prison with a heavy fine to pay. Felony killing of eagles comes with a fine of $250,000 and prison time. These penalties fall under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. This law, originally passed in 1940, provides for the protection of the bald eagle and the golden eagle (as amended in 1962) by prohibiting the take, possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport,...
  • Duke Energy Fine for Bird Kills is All Show, No Substance

    12/02/2013 12:32:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    NLPC ^ | December 2, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    Last week’s punishment/settlement between the Department of Justice andDuke Energy over bird deaths caused by itswindturbines gives evidence that the Obama administration needed a scapegoat, to defuse accusations that it applies a double-standard in enforcement of wildlife laws. The Friday before Thanksgiving both parties announced that Duke would pay $1 million for the deaths of more than 160 birds that are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The incidents occurred over the last four years at two Wyoming sites operated by the utility’s Duke Energy Renewables subsidiary. “This case represents the first criminal conviction under the Migratory Bird Treaty...
  • Wind Turbines Blamed in Death of Estimated 600,000 Bats in 2012

    11/09/2013 10:50:27 AM PST · by grundle · 54 replies
    UPI/Breitbart ^ | November 9, 2013
    BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Wind turbines killed at least 600,000 -- and possibly as many as 900,000 -- bats in the United States in 2012, researchers say. Writing in the journal BioScience, the researchers said they used sophisticated statistical techniques to infer the probable number of bat deaths at wind energy facilities from the number of dead bats found at 21 locations. Bats, which play an important role in the ecosystem as insect-eaters, are killed at wind turbines not only by collisions with moving turbine blades but also by the trauma resulting from sudden changes in air pressure...
  • 600,000 bats killed at wind energy facilities in 2012, study says

    11/08/2013 5:09:16 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 8, 2013 | by Monte Moron
    Over 600,000 bats were killed by wind energy turbines across the United States last year, with the highest concentration of kills in the Appalachian Mountains, according to new research. "Dead bats are being found underneath wind turbines across North America," Hayes wrote. "This estimate of bat fatalities is probably conservative."
  • 'Wind Turbine Syndrome' Blamed for Mysterious Symptoms in Cape Cod Town

    10/21/2013 10:13:52 AM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 64 replies
    ABC via Yahoo ^ | October 21, 2013 | Susan Donaldson James
    Sue Hobart, a bridal florist from Massachusetts, couldn't understand why she suddenly developed headaches, ringing in her ears, insomnia and dizziness to the point of falling "flat on my face" in the driveway. "I thought I was just getting older and tired," said the 57-year-old ... Months earlier, in the summer of 2010, three wind turbines had been erected in her town, one of which runs around the clock, 1,600 feet from her home. "I didn't put anything to the turbines -- we heard it and didn't like the thump, thump, thump and didn't like seeing them, but we didn't...
  • Study: Wind farms killed 67 eagles in 5 years

    09/12/2013 9:28:59 AM PDT · by FatherofFive · 38 replies
    AP ^ | September 11, 1013 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government biologists.
  • Eagle slaughter: Wind farms kill 67 eagles in 5 years

    09/11/2013 2:26:23 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government biologists.~~snip~~ The study also excluded the deadliest place in the country for eagles, a cluster of wind farms in a northern California area known as Altamont Pass. Wind farms built there decades ago kill more than 60 per year.
  • Rare bird last seen in Britain 22 years ago reappears - only to be killed by wind turbine

    06/28/2013 12:29:09 PM PDT · by Sopater · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 June 2013 | WILL ROBINSON
    There had been only eight recorded sightings of the white-throated needletail in the UK since 1846. So when one popped up again on British shores this week, twitchers were understandably excited. A group of 40 enthusiasts dashed to the Hebrides to catch a glimpse of the brown, black and blue bird, which breeds in Asia and winters in Australasia. But instead of being treated to a wildlife spectacle they were left with a horror show when it flew into a wind turbine and was killed.
  • BP to sell wind business

    04/03/2013 12:13:54 PM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 3, 2013 | Simone Sebastian
    BP is putting its wind business on the block, its latest retreat from renewable energy as the company moves to focus on its core oil and gas operations. The British oil giant has touted the growth of its wind operations in recent years, but is adjusting “as part of a continuing effort to become a more focused oil and gas company and reposition the company for sustainable growth into the future,” said spokesman Matt Hartwig in an emailed statement. The company has interest in 16 operating wind farms in nine states, including its Sherbino wind farm in West Texas. Just...
  • Vestas may cut local workers' hours ( Under-employment insurance ? )

    12/13/2012 8:49:33 PM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    Pueblo Chieftain, ^ | December 12, 2012 | DENNIS DARROW
    Vestas workers in Pueblo could face the same cut in work hours as their counterparts in Northern Colorado... Workers in Windsor and Brighton will see their work hours reduced to 32 hours from 40 hours starting in January. Part of the workers' lost wages will be covered by unemployment insurance under a work-share plan announced by the company and the state Department of Labor. ... Vestas and other wind energy companies are in the midst of a sharp slowdown in U.S. due to falling orders and also the scheduled expiration of a federal wind energy tax break. The wind energy...
  • Virginia among 3 states to auction wind farm leases

    12/01/2012 1:06:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Virginia-Pilot via HamptonRoads.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Scott Harper
    Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be the first three states to sell leases for the right to develop offshore wind farms, U.S. government officials said Friday. The leases will be auctioned online, probably in the first half of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the federal agency overseeing the sales. The auctions will determine which energy company, utility or entrepreneur gets to build huge wind turbines and reap clean electricity from them in designated areas in the Atlantic Ocean. Costs are expected to be in the billions.No offshore wind farms exist today in the United States,...
  • Getting past the hype behind wind energy (anti-wind energy misinformation)

    11/17/2012 10:36:55 AM PST · by DTogo · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | Nov 16, 2012 | John Droz, Jr
    ...Here are some other PTC tidbits that those smooth-talking AWEA hucksters won’t be mentioning… A one year extension of the PTC will cost taxpayers over $12 Billion — how is that a good idea? All that $12+ Billion will increase our deficit — how is that a good idea? Almost all of that $12+ Billion will be borrowed from China — how is that a good idea? A large part of that $12+ Billion will go to foreign conglomerates — how is that a good idea?
  • Wind Subsidies Upon Mandates Upon Subsidies - Ad Infinitum, Ad Absurdum

    10/05/2012 11:38:34 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/3/2012 | Jack McHugh
    Perhaps coincidentally, Proposal 3, a ballot measure to impose a mandate on Michigan utilities to obtain 25 percent of the electricity they sell from “renewable” sources — read wind turbines — will come before voters just seven weeks before another taxpayer wind subsidy is set to expire. It’s a federal “production tax credit” that gives windmill operators a $22 tax break for every megawatt hour of juice they produce. According to a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, this is so generous that during hours of low demand wind producers actually pay grid operators to accept their power, just to get...
  • Report: Wind tax credits subsidize ‘killing of federally protected birds’

    10/05/2012 11:19:53 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 5, 2012 | Michael Bastasch
    The government is effectively subsidizing the killing of federally protected birds, according to a report which highlights a wide range of subsidies given to the wind industry. “If Congress extends the PTC, federal taxpayers will, in effect, be subsidizing the killing of federally protected birds,” writes Robert Bryce, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the report’s author. “Despite numerous violations, the Obama administration — like the Bush administration before it — has unofficially exempted the wind industry from prosecution under the Eagle Protection and Migratory Bird Treaty Acts,” Bryce continues. “By exempting the wind industry from prosecution under the...
  • LM Wind Power Cutting Around 345 Jobs in Grand Forks

    09/26/2012 11:21:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WDAZ-TV ^ | September 27, 2012
    LM Wind Power, one of Grand Forks’ largest manufacturers, announced Tuesday that it would lay off more than 300 employees, including 200 full-time production workers, 15 administrative workers and approximately 130 temporary workers and contractors. The company’s announcement cited declining demand and uncertainty over whether Congress would renew the Production Tax Credit, a key wind power subsidy set to expire at the end of the year.
  • Wind Lobby v. James Valvo (Wind Energy Association argues that tax credits don't cost tax payers)

    09/17/2012 5:47:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/17/2012 | Peter Kelley, vice president of public affairs at the American Wind Energy Association.
    A recent column in National Review Online by James Valvo (“Disinherit the Wind,” September 10), contains numerous errors with regard to the federal wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), the policy driver behind the rapid growth in U.S. wind energy and associated jobs and American manufacturing since 2005. Let’s set the record straight: The PTC is tax relief that only rewards results and doesn’t cost taxpayers a dime. It pays for itself, through federal, state, and local taxes paid by the expanded industry, including wind-farm operators and their employees. As Republican strategist Karl Rove said recently, “It is a market mechanism,...
  • Ripping A Lib Blogger Who Rips Mitt on Wind Power

    08/09/2012 10:44:30 AM PDT · by rightjb · 20 replies
    RantPolitical.com ^ | 8-9-2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    Fellow RantPolitical.com blogger Jenny Craig (if that is her real name) asks the question, “Why Do Conservative Wingbags Hate Wind Energy?” Assuming that she is talking about wind power and not harnessing the flatulence of bovine bowel activity, I’m more than willing to help a fellow ranter out by answering her question. God knows SOMEONE needs to school her.She leaps off of Romney’s recent policy position that he wants to do away with wind energy tax incentives. She believes Romney (and by association every member of the GOP) are suddenly disconnected from scientific and economic reality for the following reasons:...
  • State Officials Don't Like Scientists Report on Windmill Noise; Write Their Own Rules

    07/07/2012 4:24:38 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/7/2012 | Jack Spencer
    A panel of experts who were appointed to work toward noise level guidelines for wind turbines in Michigan had their work discarded when state bureaucrats didn't like what the panel was coming up with and made up their own rules instead. As a result, there is now no specific state recommended decibel level limit for wind turbines. This means wind turbines can operate at 55 dBA (decibels adjusted to reflect the ear's response to sound), which is the standard Michigan had followed for at least two years. The panel was promoting reducing that level to 40 dBA...
  • Iberdrola cutting down its U.S. business

    06/19/2012 10:58:37 AM PDT · by Twotone · 1 replies
    Sustainable Business Oregon ^ | June 18, 2012 | Christina Williams
    Iberdrola Renewables is trimming development projects from its pipeline and may be looking to sell some of its wind farms as its parent company reevaluates its U.S. business. Based in Portland, Iberdrola Renewables scrapped plans for two South Dakota wind farms, a planned total of 500 megawatts, citing economic conditions including depressed energy costs.
  • Even Karl Rove supports wind energy. Will Romney get on board? (Libs ticked Rove is pro-wind)

    06/07/2012 10:42:27 AM PDT · by DTogo · 26 replies
    MSLSD ^ | Jun 6, 2012 | Rose Gordon Sala
    Karl Rove threw his support behind renewing wind energy tax credits during an appearance at the annual Windpower 2012 conference in Atlanta. Rove called the renewal of the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) a "priority."
  • Federal 'Stimulus' Spent $8.5 Million For 11 Wind Energy Jobs

    05/11/2012 1:12:13 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/10/2012 | Anne Schieber
    If jobs are any measure, 14 Michigan "green" companies that were awarded $34.5 million in taxpayer funded grants and loans aren't generating much heat. According to the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the companies have reported a total of 183 jobs. While a final report will not be issued until June, calls and emails to the companies indicate the total number will not be much higher. The state awarded the grants and loans in 2009 and 2010 under its Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing Program. The money came from federal stimulus funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The federal government...
  • New wind power guidelines are for the birds

    03/23/2012 12:23:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 23, 2012 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration offered new guidance Friday on where wind farms should be located to reduce the number of bird deaths while promoting increased use of wind power. A bird advocacy group that lobbied for mandatory standards said the new, voluntary guidelines will do little to protect hundreds of thousands of birds killed each year by wind turbines.
  • Wind farms: even worse than we thought…

    03/09/2012 8:27:06 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 8, 2012 | James Delingpole
    The Global Warming Policy Foundation has produced yet another devastating report: this time on the economics of wind farms. Turns out they're even worse than we thought. Not only do the Bat Chomping Eco-Crucifixes (TM) ruin views, kill birds, cause bats to implode, destroy the British film industry, frighten horses, enrich rent-seeking toffs like David Cameron's father-in-law Sir Reginald Sheffield Bt, drive up electricity bills, kill jobs, create fuel poverty, cause old people to die of hypothermia, wipe out property values, drive people mad with strobing and noise pollution and enable smug liberal idiots to spout rubbish like "Oh, I...
  • PTC Extension For Wind Energy Not Included In Payroll Tax Bill

    02/15/2012 11:26:59 AM PST · by bigbob · 9 replies
    North American Windpower ^ | 2-15-12 | Mark Del Franco
    Hopes that a near-term extension of the production tax credit (PTC) for wind power would be included in legislation to extend the payroll tax cuts through the remainder of this year are nearly extinguished, as NAW has learned that congressional leaders have reached a tentative framework agreement on the payroll tax cut - but it does not contain a PTC extension. A House-Senate conference committee is expected to approve the deal, which will then go to the House and Senate as soon as today. Sources, who wished to remain anonymous, told NAW that both legislative bodies are expected to quickly...
  • Wind Energy, Noise Pollution

    02/02/2012 3:28:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 2, 2012 | Robert Bryce
    In his State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama touted renewable energy and declared that he would “not walk away from workers” such as Bryan Ritterby, who is employed by a wind-turbine manufacturer in Michigan.But in their rush to embrace the wind-energy business, Obama and numerous other politicians are walking away from rural residents such as David Enz and his wife, Rose. A year ago, the couple abandoned their home near Denmark, Wis., because of the unbearable low-frequency noise produced by a half-dozen 495-foot-high wind turbines that were built near the home they’ve owned since 1978. The...
  • 'Green' Debacle: Tens of Thousands of Abandoned Wind Turbines Now Litter America's Landscape

    11/24/2011 10:21:06 AM PST · by LRoggy · 86 replies
    Natural News ^ | November 24th, 2011 | Jonathan Benson, staff writer Naturral News
    (NaturalNews) Literal beacons of the "green" energy movement, giant wind turbines have been one of the renewable energy sources of choice for the US government, which has spent billions of taxpayer dollars subsidizing their construction and use across the country. But high maintenance costs, high rates of failure, and fluctuating weather conditions that affect energy production render wind turbines expensive and inefficient, which is why more than 14,000 of them have since been abandoned. Before government subsidies for the giant metals were cut or eliminated in many areas, wind farms were an energy boom business. But in the post-tax subsidy...
  • Texas Wind Energy Fails, Again - When the temperature rises, the wind slows down.

    08/29/2011 7:36:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 62 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | August 29, 2011 | Robert Bryce
    Texas Wind Energy Fails, AgainWhen the temperature rises, the wind slows down. Wednesday brought yet another unspeakably hot day to Texas and, alas, it was yet another day when wind energy failed the state’s consumers. Indeed, as record heat and drought continue to hammer the Lone Star State, the inanity of the state’s multi-billion-dollar spending spree on wind energy becomes ever more apparent. On Wednesday afternoon, ERCOT, the state’s grid operator, declared a power emergency as some of the state’s generation units began to falter under the soaring demand for electricity. Electricity demand hit 66,552 megawatts, about 1,700 megawatts shy...
  • The Wind-Energy Myth - The claims for this “green” source of energy wither in the Texas heat.

    08/13/2011 10:01:29 AM PDT · by neverdem · 64 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | August 12, 2011 | Robert Bryce
    The Wind-Energy MythThe claims for this "green" source of energy wither in the Texas heat. Hot? Don’t count on wind energy to cool you down. That’s the lesson emerging from the stifling heat wave that’s hammering Texas. Over the past week or so, Texans have been consuming record-breaking quantities of electricity, and ERCOT, the state’s grid operator, has warned of rolling blackouts if customers don’t reduce their consumption.  Texas has 10,135 megawatts of installed wind-generation capacity. That’s nearly three times as much as any other state. But during three sweltering days last week, when the state set new records for...
  • Federal officials investigate (six golden) eagle deaths at DWP wind farm

    08/03/2011 9:06:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/3/11 | Louis Sahagun
    Federal authorities are investigating the deaths of at least six golden eagles at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Pine Tree Wind Project in the Tehachapi Mountains, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday. So far, no wind-energy company has been prosecuted by federal wildlife authorities in connection with the death of birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. A prosecution in the Pine Tree case could cause some rethinking and redesigning of this booming alternative energy source. Facilities elsewhere also have been under scrutiny, according to a...
  • Painful Lessons for Wind Power

    03/26/2011 7:01:11 AM PDT · by detective · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Human Events ^ | 3/24/2011 | Brian Sussman
    Wind energy took another blow—this time in Massachusetts. Wind One is the 400-foot-tall wind turbine owned by the town of Falmouth, on the southwestern tip of Cape Cod. The residents of Falmouth initially welcomed Wind One as a symbol of green energy and a handy way to keep local taxes down. Electricity generated by the turbine would be used to power the municipality’s infrastructure, thus shaving about $400,000 a year off its utility costs. Installed in the spring of 2010 at a cost of $5.1 million (with some $3 million derived through grants, government kickbacks, and credits), the huge turbine...
  • Don’t count on constant electricity under renewable energy

    03/06/2011 4:51:10 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Financial Post ^ | March 5, 2011 | Lawrence Solomon
    Wind power will require lifestyle change Electricity consumers in the UK will need to get used to flicking the switch and finding the power unavailable, according to Steve Holliday, CEO of National Grid, the country’s grid operator. “We are going to change our own behaviour and consume it when it is available and available cheaply.” Holliday has for several years been predicting that blackouts could become a feature of power systems that replace reliable coal plants with wind turbines in order to meet greenhouse gas targets. Wind-based power systems are necessary to meet the government’s targets, he has explained. Under...
  • Over-dependence on Wind Power Causes Energy Emergency in Texas

    02/03/2011 6:28:53 AM PST · by detective · 146 replies
    KFWO News Talk ^ | February 2, 2011 | Robert Snyder
    As was discussed on the February 2nd edition of Pratt on Texas, the ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) rolling blackouts across the state could have been prevented with better planning and policy. Electrical engineer, Ross Aten, joined Robert Pratt to talk about how too many coal and natural gas power plants within ERCOT were taken offline for maintenance. Ross also explained that if you, ‘ran the numbers’, the only way ERCOT could have met peak winter demand usage is if wind energy across the state was producing at significant totals. However, because of the ice storm and lack of...
  • Wanted: Buyer for controversial Cape Wind energy

    12/19/2010 7:14:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    Associated Press, On ^ | Sunday December 19, 2010, 8:23 pm EST | Jay Lindsay,
    Cape Wind has outlasted a decade of government review, a slew of court brawls and fierce opposition from mariners, fishermen, Indian tribes and Kennedys just to win the right to sell its wind-fueled electricity. Now, all it needs are customers.
  • Pickens Plan no longer features wind energy

    12/14/2010 6:26:42 PM PST · by tobyhill · 32 replies
    msnbc ^ | 12/14/2010 | By Jennifer Alsever
    Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens' TV commercials blasted the airwaves in 2008 with his big idea to get America off foreign oil imports: natural gas and wind energy. Two years later, let’s just make that natural gas. Since the billionaire’s plans for the world’s largest wind farm fell apart in the Texas Panhandle, Pickens has edited his much-hyped “Pickens Plan” to focus primarily on his other big business interest: natural gas. Touting 1.7 million Pickens Plan supporters, he’s now pushing Congress to pass legislation that would offer incentives to convert 18-wheelers and fleet vehicles to run on compressed natural gas,...
  • Kingman is in clear on permit vote

    12/01/2010 11:07:43 PM PST · by kathsua
    Hutchinson News ^ | 11/25/10 | Mary Clarkin
    None of the three Kingman County Commissioners will be prevented from voting on a special-use permit application for British Petroleum's wind energy project because of potential conflicts of interest. Earlier this month, Kingman County Counselor Frank Meisenheimer requested an opinion from the Kansas Governemtnal Ethics Commission regarding potential conflicts of interest for all three: * Commissioners Earl Reno and John Steffen and/or Steffen's immediate family own real estate in Kingman County, which is leased to BP for wind farm use. Both have previously received lease payments from BP. Also, Reno's land is in the general area expected to be developed...